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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Pre-K Back to School
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Primary Calendar for the Year

Classroom Organization


Are you an organizer by heart or does the term ORGANIZE make you twitch? Well either way, organization can help keep teachers one step ahead of the students so let's see what we can do to make our school year run just a little smoother!




ORGANIZATIONAL TIP #1

Have curriculum prepped and ready to go ahead of time.

I try to make it a point to prep as much as I can in the summer and organize it in a way to make it easy to find when I need it! Parent volunteers can also be a great resource to help you prep materials ahead of time and stay at home parents love the option of prepping from home for the classroom too.  The 12x12 bins are ideal for centers and games that I can pull in a moments notice like Math Activities for the Year.



ORGANIZATIONAL TIP #2

Organize your classroom supplies.

I print labels with matching pictures to that not only does each material have a home, but my youngest learners can identify what is on the label for easy clean up! Pocket Labels are my go to and I stock up as soon as I see the clear, plastic, adhesive pockets at Target!




ORGANIZATIONAL TIP #3

Teach your students how to stay organized.

Our students  already know that all the classroom supplies have a place to be stored, so why not teach them how to store their own belongings?  At the beginning of every year, I use Picture Name Tags so every student is given a picture symbol that is associated with his/her name throughout the classroom.  You can read more about Picture Name Tags HERE. This is a quick and easy way to take the guess work out of "Where do I put my ....".




ORGANIZATIONAL TIP #4

Keep Families Informed

There are so many options we have with keeping parents informed.  There are monthly newsletters, weekly newsletters, school wide agendas and even online apps such as Class Dojo.  I use A Peek at My Week half page newsletters along with Class Dojo for daily messages/pictures. There are so many ways to Make Meaning Connections with parents and the children are the ones who are the winners here!




ORGANIZATIONAL TIP #5

Utilize a Planner

Teacher planners are amazing and can help keep you organized in a BIG way!  I use my planner for yearly planning, monthly calendars, weekly lesson plans, to do lists, student checklists, grades and the list goes on and on!  The key is TO USE IT! Summer is the perfect time to find a planner that works for you and set it up so you are organized and ready to go from day one of planning!



And... I am so glad you are still with me here! 
Drum roll please........



All you have to do is enter the Rafflecoptor below for a chance to win the Erin Condren Planner pictured above!    The planner even comes with an interchangable cover!!

Winner MUST be in the contenential United States for shipping purposes.



Good luck!  A winner will be selected on Tuesday, July 30th at 12:00am. 

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Getting More Use from Your Alphabet Posters


Its so exciting to select the perfect alphabet as we set up our classrooms, but how much use does it actually get?

 Alphabet Posters are a a great visual for students to use throughout the day as the posters hang above your board in the front of the classroom.  That being said, students need to be exposed to the alphabet in a variety of ways!

 
Alphabet Posters can be  be used as large flashcards during circle time.  I print them 2 to a page so they are large enough for all students to see from any place on the carpet! Depending on the size of the classroom, the smaller size can also be used above the board in the front of the classroom if the larger posters won't fit!


Are you looking for center ideas?  Print the Alphabet Cards with six to a page and they are the perfect size for students!  Students can alphabetize the cards, use them for letter or word writing at the writing center with dry erase boards or Magic Boards, or  they can be used for a matching game when you print two sets of cards !


I print out a few additional sets with sixteen to a page.  I use one set for alphabet headers on the word wall.  I laminate and cut the additional sets and add them to a ring for alphabet practice.  You can leave the cards in alphabetical order or differentiate and mix them up.


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    Are you looking for alphabet charts for writing time? You can cuttomize the pages per sheet with six by five for alphabet charts for your students! There is no need to purchase an additional product.


    The best news it students will be more likely to use the Alphabet Posters when they work with the letters and pictures in a variety of forms.  Children will be confident and fluent with alphabet order and recognition as engage in these alphabet activities!

     

    Would you like to grab the Alphabet Posters to use in your classroom? They are my gift to you for signing up for The Resourceful Apple Newsletter.   I am looking forward to connecting with you!


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